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Hurricane Island Pulling Boat

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Just picked up an old kit for a "Hurricane Island Pulling Boat".  Wondering if anyone has built or is familiar with this kit.

 

This is what I know so far.  The boat is a modified version of the old US Navy whaler designed for sail and oar.  The boats were built in the '70s for the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School.  The kit was made by Laughing Whale.  That is pretty much the sum of my knowledge.  If there are any build logs or other information out there I would really like to find it.

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The Hurricane island pulling boat kit was sold by The Laughing Whale company in the 1980's. An ad describing it can be found in the May/June 1982 Number 46 copy of Wooden Boat magazine. If a scan of this ad would help you, let me know. It was designed by the distinquished  American naval architect Cy Hamlin. His book " Primary Design of Boats and Ships" is a must read for anyone interested in boat designing. Mr. Hamlin is now in his nineties and very alert. He has  helped start a small but interesting museum of foreign boat models at The Landing School. I would be very interested in finding one of these models if the kit is complete. Hopefully this info helps you.

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Got some pix, grsjax?  I know there were kits that fell out of the Laughing Whale/Bluejacket/Midwest lineup, but I don't think I've heard of that particular one.

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grsjax, I remember the kit, but unfortunately, I never built it.

 

I built a couple of the original Laughing Whale kits, the Sharpie and the Swampscott Dory. The Dory is now made by BlueJacket. I also still have the big Laughing Whale kit of the Muscongus Bay Lobster Smack in the closet. Had it for something like 15 years thinking it would be neat to build it for RC sail.

 

In general, the kits are a bit rough in the die-cut area, but their subjects are nice boats. The plans are pretty simple, but usable. Instructions are very basic as I recall. 

 

With a little work, should make a fine model. Hope to see a build log soon!

 

Clare

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Thanks for the info.  I will try and get a couple of pics posted in the next few days.  Looks like a nice kit.

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I am wondering if you built the Hurricane Island Pulling Boat kit?

I bought the kit back in 1995 and built most of the hull but cannot find the part I built after a move>  (still have the box, plans, and remaining material.)

I have been looking for another copy of the kit so I can complete it as a gift for my daughter who spent a couple of weeks on such a boat for an Outward Bound session.  If you have not built it and would be willing to part with it, please let me know.

David

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